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    Nikon D5600 Picture Advise

    Hi to the Community...

    First I have to say that i am a NEWBIE in Photography. I bought a D5600 with the 18/55 and 70/300. Also got the prime 85mm 2.8g. Started to take some pics in Manual Mode on ISO 100, Aperture F11 and 1/25s. To my eyes looking thru the display the color of the pics seemed OK but when i transferred them to the computer they looked pale or light in color.

    I have several questions but in the meantime i will ask the most important at this moment:

    1. Should i use the Auto ISO settings on?
    2. What is a free friendly program to edit the pics?
    3. Any other advise is GREATLY appreciated.

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    Re: Nikon D5600 Picture Advise

    I use Nikon's ViewNX-i to edit my photos. You can download it free at the Nikon website.

    Under the Shooting menu (camera icon), what are you using for Set Picture Control? I use vivid.



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    Re: Nikon D5600 Picture Advise

    Thanks. I will check that software. Yes i have it on Vivid.

    Do you use the Auto ISO settings?

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    Re: Nikon D5600 Picture Advise

    suggest you try "a" auto to start taking pictures. Imo there is nothing wrong using auto when you are a beginning photographer. For photo editing programs use google to find free programs and try them till you find something you are comfortable with. I use picasa which is a old program no longer supported but has some features i like for some situations.

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    Re: Nikon D5600 Picture Advise

    Quote Originally Posted by wcharon View Post
    Hi to the Community...

    First I have to say that i am a NEWBIE in Photography. I bought a D5600 with the 18/55 and 70/300. Also got the prime 85mm 2.8g. Started to take some pics in Manual Mode on ISO 100, Aperture F11 and 1/25s. To my eyes looking thru the display the color of the pics seemed OK but when i transferred them to the computer they looked pale or light in color.

    I have several questions but in the meantime i will ask the most important at this moment:

    1. Should i use the Auto ISO settings on?
    2. What is a free friendly program to edit the pics?
    3. Any other advise is GREATLY appreciated.

    Attached is a pic for reference.
    Well the over-arching issue with the shots you posted is exposure. Since I don't know your level of understanding, it needs to be asked: How well do you understand the rudiments of getting proper exposure (e.g. Aperture and Shutter Speed) and the role of ISO?

    Your first shot, at least, can be spiffed up pretty well in my opinion (not that I spent any real time on this)...
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    But the better solution, in my opinion, would be to get better exposure in camera which is why I'm answering your questions with another question. Better to have a proper understanding of the tools so you can apply them from a position of real understanding rather than just throwing solutions at the wall and seeing which one sticks.
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    Re: Nikon D5600 Picture Advise

    Thanks for the advise @nikonpup and @Horoscope Fish...

    Well to be honest regarding the principles role not much. What i can say is Aperture is the light that goes in the sensor, ISO is to compensate the light in lower conditions and Shutter Speed is to freeze movements. Am i correct and sorry if not well explained?

    That's why i was thinking the Auto ISO was affecting the settings. First pic settings was 1/25, f/11, ISO 180 and 42mm. Second is at 1/30, f/14, ISO 100 and 165mm.

    Thanks once again.

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    Re: Nikon D5600 Picture Advise

    Your understanding of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO is very incomplete. You can't use Manual Mode on ISO 100, Aperture F11 and 1/25s for every picture. I suggest you check out the following links or google the exposure triangle.

    https://photographylife.com/what-is-exposure-triangle

    https://fstoppers.com/education/expo...together-72878




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    Re: Nikon D5600 Picture Advise

    Quote Originally Posted by wcharon View Post
    Thanks for the advise @nikonpup and @Horoscope Fish...

    Well to be honest regarding the principles role not much. What i can say is Aperture is the light that goes in the sensor, ISO is to compensate the light in lower conditions and Shutter Speed is to freeze movements. Am i correct and sorry if not well explained?

    That's why i was thinking the Auto ISO was affecting the settings. First pic settings was 1/25, f/11, ISO 180 and 42mm. Second is at 1/30, f/14, ISO 100 and 165mm.

    Thanks once again.
    Well you're on the right track. If you want to take better pictures I'd suggest a you read up a little on the concepts of exposure, especially if you want to shoot in full Manual. Exposure is quite arguably the single most important aspect of photography you need to fully understand.

    This video by Sean von Tagen I would consider essential viewing for you: Shoot in Manual Mode Part 1 - Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO Explained

    In this video Tony Northrup demonstrates, in very practical terms, how these three elements work together to get you the shot you want (ignore the fact he's a Canon shooter): Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, & Light Explained-Understanding Exposure & Camera Settings.

    I would encourage you to do further research on your own and that you experiment with your own gear because you will never, EVER move away from these core concepts, regardless of how good you get at photography or what type of photography you do. Simply put: If you don't understand exposure, you don't understand photography.

    As a parting shot I will mention that you will, undoubtedly, run into arguments posed by those who do not like the concept of the Exposure Triangle; saying that ISO is not a part of exposure and that we are leading beginner photographers down the Primrose Path by perpetuating this myth. I'm not going to wade into that debate because I have developed an understanding of how ISO affects my shooting based on my own experience and I consider myself a Photographer, not a Photographic Engineer. So... Whatever my understanding is, and regardless of how technically correct it may, or may not, be, it's working for me and that's good enough FOR me. I'll leave endless (and I do mean ENDLESS) hashing of this point to those more predisposed to the technical aspects of photography over the artistic.
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    Re: Nikon D5600 Picture Advise

    Thanks... I will get a detailed review of those links.

    Thanks for the detailed explanation.

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    Re: Nikon D5600 Picture Advise

    You could play around with the Sunny 16 rule
    Sunny - f/16 |100 ISO | 100-125 shutter
    Partly Cloudy - f/11
    Cloudy -f/8
    Really cloudy -f/5.6
    Sunrise and sunset - f/4
    From there you can see how the camera reacts to different f stops in different light.

    The only time I use auto iso is for fast action and low light.
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